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In Memory of Donald Kehoe

Donald Michael Kehoe, age 68 of Houlton, died unexpectedly February 19th 2021, surrounded by his wife and children at United Hospital. Don was born on April 8, 1952 in Freeport, Illinois; the son of Robert and Elizabeth Kehoe. He was raised Freeport where he attended St. Mary’s Parochial School prior to graduating from Freeport High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the armed forces and proudly served in the United States Navy. Here, he received training in electrical engineering and worked on a hospital ship overseeing their radar. Upon his return, he would marry the former Pam Tricker in 1979. To this union, children Eric and Katy were born. This union would later dissolve. He began a long and rewarding career with 3M. He worked as an electrical engineer retiring after 37 years as a special systems engineer. On September 15, 1990, he was united in marriage to Julie Melde in Stillwater. To this union, children Travis and Sarah were born. 

Don was a music aficionado. He could play the guitar, whether a traditional or an electric guitar. He could play acoustic without music and was known to add the harmonica to his mix. He had an ear for melody and especially loved blues music. Little Feat, Sonny Landreth, and Stevie Ray Vaughn were some of his favorites. Later in life, he enjoyed time spent with his friends playing at local venues for the band BLT. When he wasn’t strumming a guitar, you could usually find him in his garden making sure everything was just right. Friends and family were often treated to his prized hot peppers and if lucky enough, his homemade salsa! He also enjoyed his fruit trees which helped him bake some incredible pies and jellies and from which he made his own beer and wine. He loved the outdoors. He was an avid runner who participated in several marathons. He also found tranquility in a good bike ride, canoeing, camping on the north shore or simply walking his dogs in the Willow River State Park. Don was also gifted as a carpenter. He built pergolas for his yard, horse shelters, and a greenhouse to start his vegetable seeds early! 

Don will remain in the hearts of his wife Julie; children Eric (Kathleen) Kehoe, Katy (Dan) Pantages, Travis (Paige) Kehoe, Sarah Kehoe; grandchildren Anna, Jack, Quinn, Sean, Joey, Eddy, Betsy; siblings Gerry Kehoe, Eleanor (Fred) Wells, Pat (Jan) Kehoe, John, Tom (Lisa) Kehoe, Ann (Kirk) Holmes, Mary Kehoe, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Becky Kehoe. Don will fondly be remembered and greatly missed by his family and friends.

A PRIVATE LIVESTREAMED Celebration of Life for Donald will be 1PM Saturday, February 27th.  Click here to watch (Passcode: Kehoe). A public celebration of Life (All are welcomed to attend) will follow from 2pm to 4pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home; 520 So. 11th Street in Hudson. Interment will be private. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family and can be sent to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 So. 11th Street, Hudson, WI 54016. 


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    • I have so many memories of jokes and songs around the campfire with you, Andy and Dave and guided tours of your garden. We will miss you Uncle Don. Thank you for the memories.

      Love you Kehoe family. Sending you hugs.

    • Sending prayers to Julie ,Eric,Katy ,Travis and Sarah.
      I have many great memories of your Dad.
      He spent many hours with Dina one night teaching
      Her how to throw a football. She will forever have great
      Memories of that night. He was a great guy he always had a
      Hug smile on his face. He will be missed!
      He was a great Uncle

    • Have only happy memories of Don from our time together on the BLT’s string band. We “cooked up” some nice numbers and played alot of fun time music together! We spent hours getting to know one another with APRES’ music practice get togethers over a Cool one or two! A good good friend whom I met late in life but became as close as if We’d known each other forever! I’ll miss Don RIP

    • Travis, Julie, Sarah, and to the family in general, I’m very sorry for your loss.

      I remember growing up while in jr. high and early high school, Don would pick me up after leaving work on Fridays at 3M, to drive me over to the Kehoe’s in Hudson to spend the weekend and hangout with Travis. Don and I often got food which was funny to me, because only a couple hours later the Kehoe family (and myself when spending the weekend) would go out to eat again on Friday night. Don (and yourself Julie) have treated me nothing short of extended family growing up which I am grateful for.

      Thanks for everything Don.

    • So many fond memories of adventures had. So many lessons learned. You were so great to share a walk with, I’ll miss opportunities to have you by my side. Love you dad.

    • Miss you brother and friend. Cherish all the good times we had in this lifetime and looking forward to the next.

    • Don was the best. Good natured. Nice guy,
      just a pleasure to be around.
      Highly talented member of our Bayport
      Library Troubadours.
      A life well lived, he left us with many grand
      memories. Raise a glass in his honor.

      We will miss him.